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RecoveryPlus Workplace

Recovery Plus: Workplace wellbeing Made popular by the Elementary TV series, what are sober companions, sober coaches or recovery coaches? And what essentials should they offer? Philip Fisher provides answers. the client and the sober companion or (team) that the AP would benefit from the service – eg: to assist the AP with the transition when returning home from treatment, collecting them from treatment – an agreement can be made. Agreement to establish terms, boundaries and expectation is essential. The duties of a sober companion might include some or all of the following tasks. This list is for guidance only: there could be other things that you will be called on to do. Remember that the client has overall authority, as long as this doesn’t have a negative impact on the AP’s recovery. When agreeing terms and conditions with the client it is also important to set boundaries to ensure they understand a sober Companion is not there as an employee or member of their housekeeping staff, driver, etc. The agreement should outline how long the sober companion will be engaged for – this can be extended at the end of the period if both parties agree it is necessary or beneficial – and include details of fees, allowable expenses and terms. If agreed that responsibility for the AP is to be on a 24/7 basis, the agreement should include details such as if a sober companion be present at all times in an adjoining room. Note that a 24/7 assignment is, on occasion and dependent on risk linked with early sobriety, best worked by a team of sober companions on a shift basis to protect the AP from relapse at all times. It can be written into the agreement that the AP avoids people, places and things that will enable them to drink or use. If sometimes this is not possible the room(s) should be searched for alcohol and drugs, and any people considered a threat to the AP’s sobriety should be identified. your library’s essential reference September 2016 53


RecoveryPlus Workplace
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